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Death of truckie takes toll to 10

A man was killed as he crossed the road at Willowbank on Tuesday night. Photo: Sarah Harvey
A man was killed as he crossed the road at Willowbank on Tuesday night. Photo: Sarah Harvey

A MAN died after being hit by a car on the Cunningham Hwy at Willowbank on Tuesday night.

Ipswich Inspector Keith McDonald said the 44-year-old man had been driving a truck along the highway and had pulled up at the Matilda service station for a rest stop.

Two associates of the man, also driving trucks, had pulled up across the other side of the highway, and he was in the process of crossing the road when he was hit.

"He was driving a truck that was towing a sideshow - we believe he was on his way to one of the country shows," Insp McDonald said.

"There were two other trucks in the convoy and they had pulled up next to the northbound lanes of the highway."

Police believe the man was walking diagonally across the road and did not see a utility approaching from the north.

The ute driver, a Stanthorpe man, swerved to miss the pedestrian, but police believe the man moved in the same direction at the last minute.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 7.30pm, with paramedics rushing the injured man to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police said the driver of the ute was badly shaken from the ordeal but not injured.

The police forensic crash unit is investigating the incident, which was the 10th road fatality in the Ipswich police district this year.

It was also the third in just six days, with a motorcyclist killed after colliding head-on with a truck at Camira last Thursday, and another rider killed after losing control of his motorcycle at Dundas, near Fernvale, on Monday.

Police said they were now concerned the toll could surpass the 2011 total figure of 16 fatalities before the end of the year.

Topics:  accident, car crash, death toll, emergency services, matilda service station, pedestrian, police, truck drivers, truckie, ute




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